My gastroenterologist called me the other day with one of my biopsy results. I didn’t expect the diagnosis but I also wasn’t shocked. Most people think heartburn with acid reflux. I really don’t have that issue, or at least I don’t think I do. I do have the feeling of smoking a carton of cigarettes upon waking up some mornings. Is that heartburn for me? I thought that was the MS hug. Sometimes my symptoms don’t make sense to doctors. Only my neurologist makes sense of my strange symptoms. It usually relates back to multiple sclerosis and neurons misfiring. However when the gastroenterologist called, he explained that dysphagia is a symptom of acid reflux. Dysphagia is difficulty swallowing. I’ve written about this before in many blogs. I passed a swallow evaluation yet I have had some swallow issues. Something that I’ve been very aware of because I’ve had some terrifying moments when I swallowed incorrectly.
The reason why multiple sclerosis can play such a part in having acid reflux is because of damaged nerves and weakened muscles.
It’s the signal from our head to that valve that can easily be disrupted with MS.
There you go. That explains how I have acid reflux disease. I already knew I had issues at the bottom of my digestive track. Normally I have constipation. I also have no control of the muscles in the rectum. It makes sense that my stomach has issues with the flap misfiring and leaking acid. It is all related.
I have started taking Pepcid at bedtime each night. I have a follow up video visit next week with the gastroenterologist also. I don’t know if any other biopsy came back yet but this one he didn’t want to put off until next week. I am still taking the antibiotics for treating C-diff as he suspected I might have. I have not gone to the bathroom in a week now. I might be back to Linzess again for constipation lol. We will see how things go.